Megyn Kelly Defends Blackface: "When I Was a Kid, That Was Okay"

Brenda Watkins
October 23, 2018

And I don't know, like, I thought, like, 'Who doesn't love Diana Ross?' She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. "Isn't the whole objective of Halloween to dress up and pretend you're something other than yourself?"

Kelly added that she's going to dress up with one of her production team as the letters "F" and "U". To Megyn, doing blackface is totally fine if you're dressed as a character.

Bush Hager also noted, "I think there are limits on how far you want to go".

To be clear, blackface has its roots firmly planted in American racism, including and especially minstrel shows back in the 19th century that featured white actors who painted their faces black to act like slaves and newly freed Black people.

"People said that that was racist", Kelly marveled.

Some of her panelists, like NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff, tried to push back against Kelly's arguments against blackface being racist, but to no avail. "If she really wanted to look like Diana Ross, she should have dressed like Michael Jackson", Rivers added, proving comedy to be a gene perhaps not passed down from her mother Joan.

She got a round of applause for that comment, and called colleges discouraging students from wearing stereotypical costumes "absurd".

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"Blackface is part of a history of dehumanization, of denied citizenship, and of efforts to excuse and justify state violence".

Kelly's controversial comments came in a segment discussing Halloween costumes. "From lynchings to mass incarceration, whites have utilized blackface (and the resulting dehumanization) as part of its moral and legal justification for violence", he wrote in the piece.

This is not a "PC" issue, and continuing to frame it as such implies the controversy is whipped up and not generated by very real offense. When she was still at Fox News, Megyn flipped after reading a piece from Slate that said Santa could be black.

But on Tuesday she reminded everyone she's still the same pundit who argued Santa Claus should always be white.

Kelly ended with, "I don't know". Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids.

Watch the start of the discussion below before Kelly whips out the blackface talk in the video above.

"If you're gonna dress like an idiot.then someone should say something to somebody".

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